Public Health England will be holding a 3-day exhibition to unveil outline plans to create a public health science hub at Harlow in Essex.
28 April 2016 - The £400 million project will involve redeveloping the vacant GSK site at the New Frontiers Science Park to create a centre of excellence for research, health improvement and protection. The state-of-the-art science research facilities will bring together world renowned scientists to work in a single integrated campus.
The public exhibition is being held at Science Alive at Harlow Leisurezone from 3pm to 8pm on Thursday May 12 and Friday May 13 as well as from 10am to 1pm on Saturday May 14.
It is the first in a series of events being planned to consult and involve the communities of Harlow and the surrounding areas before PHE submits a planning application.
Those attending will have the opportunity to talk to the PHE team working on the Science Hub Programme as well as the architects who will be presenting their proposals. A feedback form will be available at both the event and online at www.gov.uk/phe/harlow which will also provide regular updates.
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PHE submitted an Outline Business Case to government in July 2014. An interim decision was taken in September 2015 to move the majority of PHE functions from Porton to Harlow. In November, the government supported a further proposal to move PHE science facilities at Colindale to Harlow to create a single integrated campus.
PHE will now work to take the proposal to full planning.
It is hoped the Science Hub will be fully operational by 2024 with the first building work expected to start in 2019.
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